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Christopher Fowler
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How dumb of me - there I've been keeping mum for months instead of shooting my mouth off like I usually do, carefully avoiding any mention of what occurs in 'Bryant & May 12: The Burning Man' and what happens? I forget that the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) have gone out this week! The cover has already popped up on the internet, and I can confidently predict that any day now some Hollywood suit…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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In the early 1930s, George and Ira Gershwin wrote a pair of political satires, 'Of Thee I Sing' and 'Let 'Em Eat Cake', which posited a dark future for American politics. They were musicals, and, like 'Showboat' (about another hot-potato subject - miscegenation) were unlikely hits. Wordsmiths love sophisticated musicals, an American art form once used to explore politics, sex and society. After…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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This is the first in a new occasional series about stories. Today let's look at so-called 'jumping the shark'. This is the moment when something happens in a story that's simply too much for the reader/viewer to swallow, and gets its name from an episode of 'Happy Days' in which Fonzie performs said stunt. It's also known as 'nuking the fridge' because of the moment when Harrison Ford protects…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & The Arts
Some people have classy namesakes. There's another Christopher Fowler, author, married to the excellent SF writer Pat Cadigan, whom I'm sometimes sat next to at lunches - he's a very nice chap. But there's also one that crops up a lot on Google Alerts. This is his latest escapade. Suspect scares girlfriend, hits a pylon at Walmart A Chesnee man was arrested after deputies responded to a car crash…
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